Friday, January 30, 2015

The Studio @ FKR : Call To Artists


Hello everyone!
The Studio at Flying King Ranch in York, SC is back and ready to introduce many new artists to the community! If you aren't familiar with The Studio yet please be sure to click on over and get all the details and lots of amazing pictures HERE. And those of you that just want a quick overview, here it is :)

The Studio was opened at the end of October 2014. It is located on the stunning Flying King Ranch in York, SC. Flying King Ranch is a land mark in York and the owners have decided to invite the community to enjoy the ranch up close. Part of this process was drawing the community in and what better way to do that than a boutique dedicated to artists from the community!  For the months of November and December The Studio was open 3 days a week and had 2 weekend events where everyone enjoyed some unique work and local refreshments. The goal of The Studio is to encourage local. Whether it is the food, paintings, pottery, jewelry or other handmade goods every item in the shop is created within a 4 hour radius of York, SC.

The reaction to The Studio was amazing and so we have decided to keep the momentum up with seasonal openings. By not being open everyday we are able to curate a beautiful selection of numerous different types of goods that you can't find any place else. We will be reopening for April and May with limited hours and multiple weekend events. More information on hours and events will be released closer to April.


If you are an artist or know an artist from SC, NC or GA we need you!
As stated above The Studio is a place where local artists can gain visibility and sales from the comminity. We want to have a wide range to reach all walks of life, so if your a potter, jewelry maker, knitter, painter, furniture builder, WHATEVER we want to hear from you!!

Please email at least 4 images of your work along with an inventory list and pricing of what you would be interested in placing in The Studio to langdon.gracie@gmail.com
We will be going through all submissions and choose pieces that we feel will work well together and create a wonderful array of artwork for the community. You should hear back from us within a week of your submission.

We are looking forward to seeing all of the talent we have surrounding the York community!
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Easy ETSY Backdrop


¡Hola Chicas!
So many of y'all know I have an ETSY shop and that it has been growing steadily in the past year or so. Well I mad some goals for it in 2015 because I'm ready to take it to the next level! One of my goals was to have a more uniform look.

What I mean is I want my pieces to be the focal point of the shop and not my crappy quick photography skills. In the past year I've been working so fast that I haven't taken the time to photograph my work at a level that is any place close to professional. And thats where this super super easy backdrop comes in to play. 


Really all I wanted was a clean space that I could take to the well lighted spots of the house. So I decided to make a folding backdrop just big enough for the majority of my pieces. I wanted it to be versatile so I could kinda change it up depending on the product but also have a unity that flows through out the shop sections. That is where the two tone scheme came in to play. My tin signs I wanted to photography on a wall but my serving trays need to be laid flat. The white is great for the serving trays to highlight the stain of the tray and the stained portion would look awesome with some of my tin products. 


I didn't take photos of making it because it was pretty easy but I will explain how it works.

Basically, I got 2 24inch birch boards and 2 4 inch hinges. I painted my boards and place the hinges on the UN PAINTED side. This way when I had the boards open for photographing my work you don't see the hinges or screw heads. 

Now the board will sit open and flip backwards on itself for easy storage when I'm done :) 


The picture above shows how nice a backdrop can look. 
This spot in the house had great lighting but our floors are scratched up, the trim needs to be painted and I would have to put a hole in a random spot in our wall to the tins for photos. The back drop solves AALLL  those issues :) Now I have a clean and crisp area I can take with me to the best light and photograph any of my small goods!! 


I LOOOOVVVVEEE how much better my tins look with a crisp and uniform back drop. Can't wait until I can get every piece in the shop reshot and posted :) I wish I would have done this forever ago, now every bodies gonna want some of dis!! In fact, if you are intersted in any of the Tin Signs above they are $20 plus shipping >> click here to go to the shop!

If you have an online shop be sure to always make time to photograph your work with quality. You don't have to be a professional photographer to get photos that display your work in a positive and uniform way. 


Do you have an online shop? If so leave me your link in the comments I would LOVE to check it out :) 
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Making Monday #73

Happy Monday Friends!!
Hope y'all are getting back in to the swing of things, January is almost over and I'm just now getting used to being back from the Holidays :) 


This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs. We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:



Gracie is in the midst of revamping her Master Bedroom and the first thing on her list was this super cute, and easy, dresser makeover!! 


Here is an oldie but a goodie from Lori, Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Chicken. It just sounds good!

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Gracie:


 #1 Here is a great recipe to combat the cold weather, Polar Vortex Chili .


#2 The Super Bowl is close and this Bacon Pepperoni Pizza Roll Up would be perfect for the party!


#3 This drink recipe is too fun! Check out the Skittles Game Face Fizz before the big game!



#4 Need a hostess gift? How about this cute DIY Etched Pyrex Dish!!


#5 Oh my lanta these are cute! Who wants Mini Megaphones and DIY Foam Fingers for the game!?



We hope that you guys are loving this party as much as we are! Can't get over all the awesome stuff that gets shared week after week!
If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
Kitchen Table Art
   And don't forget if you didn't make it as a feature this week to check out the Pin board and to keep linking up, next week could be you!
Kitchen Table Art

Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Master Bedroom Makeover vol. 1 - Dresser Revamp




Y'all, this is the longest Reed and I have lived in a single home. I mean it's only our second house together and it still isn't "ours" but we've been here almost two years so it's like time to make this thing "finished". And by finished I mean all of those "we just moved in half done projects" need to be checked off. And don't judge me, yes we have been here over a year and a half and I still have a couple of those projects laying around...

Our "master" bedroom (just one of the two bedrooms in the house, nothing "master" about it) was never finished. We kinda just threw our furniture and clothes in and said TA DA a bedroom!



I had a big list of things I wanted to do to this room and the first one was make our furniture "match". We still have our hand me downs cheap or free furniture and we love it. I'm not the type of person that wants to go buy a bedroom suit. I would rather find a really cool bed, a rad dresser, and whatever else just slowly collect to make my space perfect. So I didn't really mind the mismatch but at the same time it was just not put together. We had like 5 different wood stains going on and I just couldn't handle it any more! 

So for Vol. 1 of our bedroom makeover was to get our furniture to look like it at least belongs in the same space! That meant I needed to refinish the dresser to match the bed. (Love the bed. It was a gift and so we decided to center the room after its name sake, the bed.)



Luckily the mirror I had matched the finish of our bed so seriously it was just refinishing this super simple dresser. The stain I used was Red Mahogany by Minwax and painted the frame with Ivory Dust by Valspar. Seriously, like the simplest thing ever. I lightly sanded and applied the stain or paint and DONE. But as you can tell in the before and after it made a HUGE difference. No more orangey wood that didn't fit with anything I had, at all. 

Basically I'm pretty happy with it and am excited about how easy and life changing (yes, I know so dramatic but hey it's January) Vol. 1 of our makeover has been. 


I keep saying Vol. 1 so maybe if you are like real interested in my life you may be wondering what the other Volumes will be. Well, in the pictures above you can see part of Vol. 2! One of our biggest struggles with this house is lack of storage and we basically had stuff falling all over the place. So we have built a shelving unit along one of our bedroom walls. It's a slow process because we are kinda making it up as we go. Basically I didn't realize how many shelves Reed was gonna need for t-shirts and hats so it's taking longer than I thought ha. 


I wanted to throw in this picture because I felt like I was lying to you in some of my pictures of my dresser. Our room looked so uncluttered and fresh. Well if I turned to capture the other half of the room this is what it looked like.... all my clothes on the floor cause I didn't put them back in the dresser yet, 2 dog beds, and a boot dryer. Perfect blog material :) What are some of your undone projects you are hoping to check off the list this year?? 

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Making Monday #72

Lori is back!!

Guys, Lori has decided to join the party again after a long 3 month break! I know I am stoked to have her back and thankful for all her sweet help making you guys feel special. So please join me in making this party the best yet as  we welcome back our totally rad co-host Lori!!

Welcome to Making Monday #72. We have some great features this week. Take a look...
This is a party where you can find fun new creative ideas and tasty recipes shared by amazingly talented people. Every Monday bloggers stop by to link up their posts and share with all you party goers. By joining in {both bloggers and non-bloggers} you will discover new blogs, be inspired to make something new, try a yummy new recipe, and most importantly make new friends!
This party is hosted by Gracie and me, and your projects will be shared on both of our blogs.We love that you're here and we love featuring you on our social media so be sure to follow us so you can see if your post gets shared!
 
We also pin to our Making Monday Pinterest board and we'd love to have you follow along! This is a place you can find projects from all the previous parties, too, so it is like a party every day!
 

This is what your hostesses have been up to lately:

Reese's Fudge

This week we have an amazingly delicious, 3-ingredient, no-bake Reese's Fudge recipe from Lori.
 
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Gracie is giving us another super fun watercolor lesson.
 

These are the fabulous features for this week, chosen by Lori:

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#1. DIY Custom Street Map Wall Art ~ by Colleen at Lemon Thistle
 
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#2. Skirt Refashion ~ Becca at Halfway to Hipster
 
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#3. Peanut Butter Brownie Cookies ~ Emilie at Oh My! Sugar High
 
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#4. The Everything Hummus ~ Robyn at Robyn's View
 
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#5. Homemade Bath Fizzies ~ Living Chic on the Cheap
 
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#6. Copycat Aloha Pineapple Smoothie ~ Janel at A Mom's Take
 
We hope that all of you are loving this party as much as we are! We can't get over all the awesome stuff that gets shared week after week!

If you were one of the features PLEASE grab a button and share it with some friends.
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
If you didn't make it as a feature this week keep linking up because next week could be you!
A Bright and Beautiful Life
 
 
Don't forget to check out our Pinterest board where we pin plenty of projects from each party!
MakingMondayGuidelines-1

Thanks for joining us again this week. We're eager to see what you share.


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Friday, January 16, 2015

Layering with Watercolor



Remember like forever ago when I said I was gonna do "art lessons" on the blog? Then I did like 4 and forgot about the blog for a while...Well I'm sorry about that and I'm back with another "lesson" :)

If you follow my shop on Insta (@gracelangdonart) you've seen a good amount of new watercolors flooding the feed. I've been trying to branch my shop out to more "artistic" endeavors and watercolor is one of those love affairs I thought I would take to the next level. SO why not share some of my techniques I've been using with y'all!


I've been doing a good pit of animals, started with a portrait of a friends dog and then moved on to animals I just thought where cute. I wanted to take it in a direction that wasn't photorealistic but wasn't abstract either. So most of my pieces have a real fluid layering technique going on. 
Watercolor is great for layering because it can be very transparent while also very opaque. That may make no sense but I promise you, if you practice some you will see what I'm talking about. 

The best way to start any watercolor is with plenty of pale washes. Use a light (and I mean extremely light) sketch to help you with your bearings on the page but then add in your general washes. In my first picture you can see my first wash was a pale pink. I chose pink because I wanted the bunny to have a warm hue all over. Then I slowly added in other washes where I wanted the color to change on the bunny. These first 2 washes are great ways to fill space while making sure the subject remains loose and fluid.



Then I wanted to add in more details so I started adding small brush strokes as fur with similar tons to the first washes. Everything is still pretty light at this stage but it builds up over time so you can start seeing more definition in the bunny. You can change colors depending on the space you are working on. Look at the ears, the tops have a blue tint to them so I chose to use cooler colors up there and warmer colors in the face. This starts adding dimension. 


And for more dimension you need to start adding in your darks. With out some "dark darks" you will never feel like your piece is finished. For this piece the nose, tips of the ears, eyes, and mouth area had some real deep colors. With watercolor the best way to get a deep color is to NOT use much water. I usually mix a really saturated puddle (more color less water) or try and use paint straight from the tube. Just be sparing with this stage. It can get overwhelming really fast. Layer on your darks S L O W L Y!

Watercolor layering is a slow process. You will go through stages that look horrible. For a minute my bunny looked like he had some weird witch hairs growing but they eventually blended in to be variation in the fur coat. Just remember to go slow, and start off with very pale colors, remember, you get the pale colors by using very water downed color. The more water the less saturated your color will be. The less water the more saturated your colors will be and that comes in handy at the very end of your piece. 
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